10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku for Beginners

FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  Greetings, shokun! It is I, Cross-shishoureturning for another set of teachings in achieving enlightenment the Otaku Way.  I assume that you are doing your best as a Fujinsei Kempo student and practicing last week’s lessons on the 5 Techniques to Achieve Zen State the Otaku Way.  Today’s lessons are not as difficult as last week.  In fact, they are extremely easy that you can incorporate them in your daily lives immediately.  Are you ready to become more otaku?  Great.  Let’s begin.  Osu!


10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku (for Beginners):

1. Nani?!
Whenever you hear new things, exclaim “Nani?!” in your loudest voice.  When you can do this confidently without being embarrassed by the dirty looks and sneers of the people around you, you’re on your way into becoming a full-fledged otaku.

2. Baka!
Whenever someone tells you something stupid or makes a fool of themselves, call them “Baka!”.  If that person is someone you care about, say “Baka” in an affectionate manner.  Or better yet, turn “Baka” into your new endearment to your special someone.

“Would you like me to massage your shoulders while we watch anime, my cutey-patootie Baka?”

For more advanced students, use “Baka Yarou.”

3.  Haha-ue & Chichi-ue
Call your mom “Haha-ue” and your dad “Chichi-ue” because they’re so much cooler than plain “Okaa-san” and “Otou-san”.  They also make you and your family sound more classy & refined.  If you have older siblings, try calling your sister “Ane-ue” and your brother “Ani-ue”.  But if your siblings are being complete assholes, call them “Baka Yarou” instead.

4.  Wear Glasses Like a Genius
If you’re wearing eyeglasses, use your middle finger to push the bridge of your glasses up your nose.  You’ll look like a total genius if you do this.  It also works for sunglasses but to a lesser extent.

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5.  Dialogue Tags
Pick your own dialogue tag.  Naruto has “dattebayo” and Echizen Ryouma (Prince of Tennis) has “Mada mada da ne”.  If you can’t think of any at this moment, don’t panic.  A good and easy one to start with is plain and simple “yo”.

Nice to meet you all, yo!
I’m so bored yo.
Know any good anime to watch, yo?

Another easy one is “ne”, but it’s not as impressive as “yo“.

Today is a good day, ne?
Ne, listen to me!
Brothers Conflict just makes you go doki-doki, ne?

6.  Create an Otaku Playlist
This goes without saying.  You’re not a real otaku, unless you have your own personalized Otaku Playlist.  Follow the 19:1 ratio for your playlist to start with.  For every 1 non-otaku song, download 19 anime/Japanese theme songs.  Adjust ratio as needed.  For more advanced students, eliminate all non-otaku music.

7.  Name Special Moves
Give your normal, everyday actions special attack names.

Ultra White Teeth Squeeze! –> when putting toothpaste on your toothbrush
Super Heavy-breath Sky Climb! –> while climbing the stairs
Gorilla Jump! –> while hopping over a water puddle or cracks on the streets

Naming your normal, everyday actions makes them special; in turn, making you appreciate every little aspect of your life.

8.  Use -chan & -kun
Call your friends with the -chan and -kun suffixes.

Gloria-chan!
Romeo-chan!

For more advanced students, try using -tan and -cchi.

Billy-tan!
Angie-cchi!

9.  Anime not Cartoons
Correct those ignorant fools who dare call these sacred phenomena anime “cartoons” and manga “comics.”

not cartoon-its freaking anime

10.  Anime & Manga Forever

When you’re sad,
watch anime and read manga.
When you’re angry,
watch anime and read manga.
When you’re happy,
watch anime and read manga.

No matter what you’re feeling,
No matter what you’re doing,
the greatest you can do for yourself
is to watch anime and read manga.
That’s how you achieve enlightenment
the Otaku Way
Osu!


That’s it for today’s lessons of Fujinsei Kempo.  Remember to persist and discipline yourself, and to regularly practice the lessons I taught you today.  If you do, I guarantee that you’re on your way towards achieving enlightenment the Otaku Way.  The road is long and difficult, but never lose heart because I am here to guide you.  This is goodbye for now.  I’ll be back with new teachings soon.

Osu!

~Cross-shishou
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo


Disclaimer:  Study and follow the teachings of Fujinsei Kempo at your own risk.  Fujinsei and its main author Arria Cross accept no responsibility whatsoever for the content of this post, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above.  Arria urges you to blame Cross-shishou for any issues you encounter while following Fujinsei Kempo teachings.  But Arria wants you to remember that Cross-shishou is a mere alter ego, someone without tangible form.  So if you want to blame someone, you might as well blame yourself.  You’ve been warned.

HUNTERxHUNTER: When Hunting for Your Dreams Becomes a Frightening Obsession

Rating:   :D :D :D (3 out of 5 grins)

I’m a great fan of the HUNTERxHUNTER series.  I love both anime adaptations.  I won’t say I love “everything” about it, but you can say that I love “almost everything” about HxH, including the theme songs & soundtracks used in both anime adaptations.

Today, I’m featuring the second ending theme song of the 2011 anime adaptation of HxH Hunting for Your Dream by Galneryus.  It’s not my #1 favourite theme song in the series, but I like it.  I think that it’s very appropriate to the series as a whole, but I’m more impressed that they used this ending during the Phantom Troupe Arc.

The lyrics are intended to be inspiring, urging you to hunt and follow your dreams, but the overall music somehow contradicts the lyrics’ message.  I’m not sure about you, but the melody and the vocals feel desperate, sad, with some undercurrent of anger.  I think that the song fits Kurapika’s emotions during this arc.

Kurapika’s “dream” (if you can really call that a dream, perhaps “goal” is more appropriate) is to avenge the massacre of his clan by the Phantom Troupe.  He would go to any lengths, even forsaking what is accepted as moral, just as long as he can kill all the “spiders” in the troupe.  Hunting for Your Dream encourages you to aim for your dreams without stopping, but if you think about Kurapika in the context of this song, then the meaning completely changes.  It becomes more like a frightening obsessions for revenge.

Overall, I like this song.  I like how all the instruments, especially the guitars and the drums, meld together creating a “desperate” call to hunt for your dreams.  The vocals are not bad, too.

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What’s your favourite HxH ending theme song?

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Links:
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV (Japanese)
Galneryus Official Website (Japanese)

5 Techniques to Achieve Zen State the Otaku Way for Beginners

FUJINSEI KEMPO
Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
~Cross-shishou

Osu!  Greetings, shokun!  From now on, I’ll be regularly invading Arria’s space to carve my own place here at fujinsei.  You may call me Cross-shishou.  No, I insist you call me that.  I am what you call an alter ego, born from Arria’s repressed otaku.  Yes, that woman’s still repressing the otaku inside her, even when she has this blog and all.  She’s just too meek to create her own school of teachings for the sole purpose of achieving enlightenment the Otaku Way.  So I decided to wrench my consciousness from Arria, separating myself from her, to establish Fujinsei Kempo.  I give you the honour of becoming my first student.


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My first teaching to a budding otaku like you is how to achieve a Zen state of mind using 5 proven otaku techniques (proven by myself, of course).  So are you ready to develop the otaku inside you?  Good.  Let’s start.  Osu!

1.  Pick your favourite attack move and transfrom it into a mantra.
For example, if your favourite attack is Dragon Ball’s Kamehame-Ha, take it and transform it into your own personal mantra.

Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha Kamehame-Ha. . . .

It also works for other attacks like Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no of ONE PIECE.

Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No Gomu Gomu No. . . .

It doesn’t matter which attack name you choose, as long as it has a strong connection with the otaku inside you.  Now that you’ve chosen your mantra, pick a quiet place.  Sit, lie down, or even stand.  Make sure you feel comfortable.  Now close your eyes and begin to chant your new mantra.  Chant it again and again until your mind empties itself from useless things such as going to school or paying bills.  Chant it over and over until you’re filled with the sense of completeness only anime and manga can provide.

2. Create your own Martial Arts pattern with your favourite attack moves.
To start off, choose 1 of your favourite attack moves.  I suggest to get inspiration from battle series such as Naruto and Dragon Ball which often contain elaborate attack moves.  Memorize the attack step-by-step, perfecting the move to the last detail.  Do it in super slow-motion again and again, until your body moves in its own accord without having you think too much.  Pay attention to your form.  Don’t be too hasty to complete the entire move.  Discipline is a must.

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Try to do this is SUPER SLOW-MOTION. . . .

Perfected it already?  Add more moves.  1 complete pattern consists of 5 attack moves done in succession in super slow-motion.  You can create more patterns if you wish, but I suggest that you stick to 1 pattern because you’re still a beginner.  Perfect this pattern, practicing it again and again, until your mind is flooded with peace while your body draws power with each tiny movement of your muscles.  Let each movement empower the otaku inside you, strengthening both your mind and body from the inside-out.

3. Meditate with your favourite anime theme song.
Pick a quiet and comfortable place, and then listen to your favourite anime theme song over and over.  Let the ethereal music wash over your otaku soul, cleansing away all your impurities such as shame, replacing them with pride–pride of your otaku identity.

4. Absorb strength from your favourite character.
Get yourself in a comfortable position, cover yourself in a blanket if you must.  Close your eyes and visualize your favourite anime character in your mind.  What does he or she looks like?  Start with his/her hair, then his/her face, body, clothing. . .everything. . .visualize until you have a clear image of your favourite character in your mind.  If you’re having trouble visualizing, keep a copy of the character’s image next to you.  Take a peek at the image, if you must.  Difficulty at this stage is only natural, since you’re still a beginner.  But I assure you that as you develop into a full-fledged Fujinsei Kempo student, you’ll find later that this visualization technique becomes as natural as breathing.  But for now, be patient.

Once you have a full image in your mind, think about the character’s best qualities.  If your favourite character is someone like Monkey D. Luffy of ONE PIECE, focus on his one-track mind and sheer force of will in grabbing his dream to become the Pirate King.  Now visualize his one-track mind and sheer force of will being transferred to you. . .slowly. . .very slowly.  Feel the warmth of his good qualities flooding your veins, your otaku spirit, until you’re filled with a new-found sense of self.  Don’t forget to thank your favourite character for sharing their best qualities with you before you open your eyes.

Arigatou, <your favourite character’s name>!

Now you are a different but better person, thanks to your favourite character.

5.  Begin and end your days with the ultimate empowering affirmation.
I’m going to reveal to you the greatest affirmation that you could possibly ever own. Here it is:

Otaku desu.
(I am an Otaku.)

Saying these mystical words right after you wake up draws energy from the Otaku universe, filling you with strength not only to get through your day, but also to give you the power to perform great otaku things.

Similarly, whispering these words at the end of the day just before you sleep opens the gateway to your mind, letting all the otaku spirits enter your dreams freely.  If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to ask these spirits for advice on how to be a better otaku.  But just remember to be cautious.  Not all otaku spirits are friendly.


That concludes today’s teaching of Fujinsei Kempo.  Remember to persist and discipline yourself, and to regularly practice the lessons I taught you today.  If you do, I guarantee that your own otaku spirit will gradually become more powerful.  This is goodbye for now.  I will be back as soon as I can sneak behind Arria’s back to use her blog again.

Osu!

~Cross-shishou
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo


Disclaimer:  Study and follow the teachings of Fujinsei Kempo at your own risk.  Fujinsei and its main author Arria Cross accept no responsibility whatsoever for the content of this post, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above.  Arria urges you to blame Cross-shishou for any issues you encounter while following Fujinsei Kempo teachings.  But Arria wants you to remember that Cross-shishou is a mere alter ego, someone without tangible form.  So if you want to blame someone, you might as well blame yourself.  You’ve been warned.

Dear Girl ~Stories~ 44: Giving VS. Receiving

<Episode 43Episode 45 >

Title: 女の子って毎日大変だよね…Make UP! (Onna no ko-tte mainichi taihen da yo ne. . .Make UP! / Being a girl is hard everyday, you know. . .Make UP!)
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Rating: :D :D :D :) (3 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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Credit: animelo.jp

This is the 44th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  

HiroC: I feel like we’re ikemens today, don’t you think?
OnoD: Yes, super ikemen. You’re also kinda cool.
HiroC: You’re cool, too, Ono-kun.
OnoD: I’m serious.
HiroC: You look cooler than you usually are.
OnoD: You’re hair today is amazingly straight, Kamiya-san.
HiroC: Ahaha! Like a beautiful woman’s, right? Our listeners would probably see what we’re talking about if they log on to our mobile site, but let me say that we’re perfectly dressed up today.
OnoD: That’s right.
HiroC: It’s so weird!
Both: Ahahahaha!

Then HiroC explains why they’re so dressed up. Apparently A&G School has just released its calendar for the year 2008-2009. HiroC says that it was announced at Bunka Housou’s website that HiroC & OnoD as DGS hosts are featured on the October & November months of the calendar.

HiroC: Thank you so much!
OnoD: Thank you!

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Excellent Rivalry Begets Best Fight in Yowamushi Pedal

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
< Day 25 | Day 27 >
Day 26:  Best Anime Fight

I would normally choose something from a standard battle series such as ONE PIECE, Naruto, or Dragon Ball for Best Anime Fight, but that would be too predictable, so I decided to go a little unorthodox and choose a bicycle race instead.  It’s not my all-time best anime fight, but the Inter-High Race from Yowamushi Pedal (弱虫ペダル/Weakling Pedal) by Watanabe Wataru (渡辺 航) is my current favourite.

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The Inter-High spans 3 brutal days with about 120 cyclists from different schools aiming to be the first to send their team jerseys across the final goal line.  The anime is still covering this long, long race, but the Inter-High is already concluded in the manga.  For those of you who don’t know it yet, Sohoku wins with Onoda Sakamichi fighting head-to-head against rival Manami Sangaku of the previous year’s champion Hakogaku.

Haha!  Don’t really care if I spoiled it for you or not. :P

So why did I choose the Inter-High as my current best anime fight?  I guess it’s refreshing to watch a bicycle race instead of the usual orthodox martial arts battles most shounen anime contain.  There’s another good bicycle race-themed anime titled Overdrive, but I personally liked YowaPed better.  Although I admit that the characters of Overdrive are more dynamic, I think that the races in YowaPed are more entertaining.  Most of the races and techniques are just simply ridiculous and out-of-this-world that I can’t help but love them!

Another reason is that there are plenty of thrilling races within this ultra-race.  There are the Sprinters and Climbers Checkpoints and the final goals of the days.  I especially enjoy watching the respectful rivalry between the members of Sohoku and Hakogaku.  I also enjoy watching Midousuji’s races, even though I find myself wanting to wrap my fingers around his neck and strangle him most of the time.  I kind of like him now; though I still hate his irritating laugh.

My current favourite race is between Makishima and Toudou.  I just think that their relationship is so adorable.  I love how Toudou treats Makishima.  Is it just me or do they give off a lovers-kind of aura?  Hahaha!  I think that’s just the fujoshi in me.  Oh well.  The Climbers race between them ended with Toudou winning, but I don’t feel bad.  I like both of their characters that I don’t mind who wins between the 2 of them.  That’s how good and strong the series established their rivalry.

makishima vs toudou

As for the official conclusion of the Inter-High (not yet in the anime), I’m a little disappointed.  Of course I’m pleased that Sohoku wins, but I’m still not convinced that Onoda should have won the race for his team.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Onoda.  I like him as the main protagonist of the series, but I’m thinking it’s too early for him to achieve something as big as winning the Inter-High.  I was hoping that one of the third years would win it for Team Sohoku, so I was really surprised when it was Onoda who reached the final goal.

But Onoda has remarkable learning abilities and adaptability, you say, not to mention his extraordinary cadence.  You tell me that his character has developed quite a lot since the beginning up to this point in the series.  I know that.  I’m just worried that I may lose interest in the series because Onoda isn’t so “weak” anymore.  You know what I mean?  Especially since the series is all about him being a “yowamushi” (weakling).  Oh well.  Here’s to hoping that Watanabe-sensei provides us with even greater races that will surpass the races from Inter-High.

So now you know that the Inter-High from Yowamushi Pedal is my current best anime fight.  What’s yours?

Links:
Yowamushi Pedal Official Anime Website (Japanese)

Shake It Up & Fall in Love with Leah Dizon

Music Rating:  :D :D (2 out of 5 grins)

Dance Moves Rating:  :D :D :D :D (4 out of 5 grins)

I’ve watched this music video a long time ago when I was still a teenager.  I completely forgot about it, but the web is so interesting that it recently found a way to shove this video right back in my face.  The song is 恋しよう (Koi-shiyou/Let’s Fall in Love) by Leah Dizon.

I don’t know much about Leah Dizon, but a quick web search informed me that she’s a model and singer who worked in Japan for quite some time.  It turns out that she’s an American of French descent from her mother and Chinese-Filipino descent from her father.  This mixed heritage explains her unique beauty.  Well, just look at her.  She’s pretty and sexy to boot.

It’s interesting to have this woman of mixed heritage sing in Japanese.  I’m not particularly impressed by her song Koi-shiyou, but her dancing is quite great.  I’m just saying, this woman knows how to move her body in the right places at the right time.  Man, if I was a guy, I would totally have a fucking boner stupid grin just watching this.  Alas, I’m a straight female, so the best I can do is commend her for her talent.  Don’t argue with me.  She has talent.  Period.

The music video is nothing magnificent, but at least, it makes good use of Leah’s good looks and great body.  I’ll give kudos for that alone.

Uploaded by:  cselunkwongcanada

Overall, Koi Shiyou is nothing great but Leah Dizon’s pleasant vocals and sexy dance moves make up for it, I guess.  I honestly quite like it.  How about you?  What do you think?

Links:
Leah Dizon Official Website (Japanese)

The Gut-Wrenching Death of Portgas D. Ace

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
< Day 24 | Day 26 >
Day 25:  Saddest Anime Death

It’s that kind of day again, folks.  The kind of day that I blabber away about the greatness of my #1 favourite anime ONE PIECE by Oda Eiichiro-sensei (尾田 栄一郎).  For today’s challenge, I choose the death of Portgas D. Ace or more known by his epithet Hiken no Ace (火拳のエース / Fire Fist Ace) as my saddest anime death.

If you prowl the web about Ace’s death, you’ll read many commentaries about it.  I’m very surprised to discover that quite a lot of people say that his death was unsurprising to them.  I’m like, “Really?  Why do you say that?”  I don’t believe them.  I personally find his death extremely shocking.  A brutal, epic and legendary war was fought for him, you know?

Cheered my heart out at this scene like a lunatic.  "Ace is finally rescued!", I thought.  I was wrong.

Cheered my heart out at this scene like a lunatic. “Ace is finally rescued!”, I thought. I was deadly wrong.

My throat got hoarse cheering when Luffy finally “rescued” Ace.  I was so hopeful that everything would be alright, that the pirates would win the war, and that Ace would come out of it alive.  And then BAM!  I was completely blind-sided at the unexpected next turn of events.

ACE FREAKING DIED!!!

What the heck?!  I was completely shocked.  I think that if Luffy didn’t faint, I would have.  It was an extremely gut-wrenching moment, not only for the characters who love and respect Ace, but also for fans like me.  My emotions swerved a total 360-degrees, from exhilaration of Ace’s “rescue” to devastation of his death.

Even through the haze of my utter shock, I still can’t help but appreciate the beautiful portrayal of his death.  I’ve read this scene in the manga and watched it in the anime.  Both were gut-wrenching, but I must give high kudos to Toei for their well-portrayed adaptation of this scene.

The “freezing” of the battles in the background and the “slowing down of time” to Ace’s loved ones multiplied the impact of the scene.  And let’s remember the dramatic breaking of Ace’s bead necklace and the burning of his Vivre card to symbolize the abrupt end of his life.  These minute details are subtle, yet draw out powerful emotions of grief from not only the characters but also from the viewers.

And who can forget Ace’s last words?  My freaking gosh, I sobbed so hard, it felt like I really lost a loved one.  His now iconic last words, “Aishite kurete arigatou” (Thank you for loving me), were just perfect.  This line may seem simple at first, but as we discover in the subsequent episodes, being loved is the most significant thing that can happen to a person like Ace, who was already discriminated against even before his birth, just because his father was the infamous Pirate King Gol D. Roger.  Then he dies in quintessential way of dying by carriers of the name “D”:  he dies with a smile on his face.

The "D" way of dying with a smile on his face.

The “D” way of dying with a smile on his face.

I also want to point out that Ace’s death is made even sadder by the ensuing scenes:
♦ Luffy’s rampage in front of Jimbei, resulting in his equally iconic line “Nakama ga iru yo!” (I have my nakama).
♦ Dadan’s parental grief leading her to hit and punch Garp repeatedly, someone she would never have dared to hit before.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll continue to say it again and again.  Although I’m devastated about Ace’s death, I think that it’s a genius move by Oda-sensei because it just made the whole series so much better. It functioned as a catalyst to the 2 year time-skip where the entire Mugiwara Pirates “powered-up”, greatly increasing the intensity and significance of battle scenes and story depth alike.

View my earlier posts about his death:
Fiery Portgas D. Ace: Come Back to Life Please!!! 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚)゚。
♦ Arria’s Top 10 Most Gut-Wrenching Scenes in ONE PIECE (Ace’s Death is #1)

So now you know that the death of Portgas D. Ace is my saddest anime death.  Who’s yours?

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Links:
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)